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Welcome reissue now the place to start for Nichols,
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If you've heard the name Herbie Nichols, you'll have undoubtedly heard he's one of the great overlooked figures in jazz. Because of obscurity his recordings have been very difficult to obtain outside of collector-oriented boxed sets. Certainly his Complete Blue Note recordings are very much an essential purchase for anyone seriously interested in jazz. However, the daunting pricetag of that set is a lot to overcome if one hasn't heard his playing before. Thats precisely the reason the reissue of this session for Bethlehem is so welcome. The numbers here are on par with his Blue Note work, and actually a little more 'straight ahead' in feel. The session consists of predominantly originals with a few standards/interpretations thrown in for good measure. Nichols' Monk influence is fairly obvious, but then Monk influenced us all and calling Nichols merely a disciple falls short of crediting his talents. This trio session rounds out with George Duvivier on bass, and Danni Richmond on drums. The edgy lyricism of Nichols really shines throughout. If you've been hesitant to get into Nichols because of boxed set price tags, definitely pick up this disc: it'll be a revelation.